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Stretch Marks

Stretch marks on the stomach

There are many causes of stretch marks, such as rapid weight gain, but they are mainly recognised as the battle scars of pregnancy, with between 75% and 90% of women developing stretch marks during this time. Stretch marks after pregnancy are the bane of most women’s lives. Because whilst men might think that their partner’s scarred stomach is a tapestry upon which the beautiful experience of childbirth has been embroidered; women will be ruing the fact that they’ve had to mothball their skimpy, summer two-piece. Stretch marks aren’t necessarily uncomfortable, but the affected areas can occasionally be itchy and sensitive. However, there are a number of creams and lotions available that, if used daily, can help to keep the skin supple, while the action of rubbing in the cream can encourage better circulation. Laser treatment can also help to fade the marks, but this isn’t available on the NHS and can be expensive.

If your child has stretch marks and you would like more information, check the guide for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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My daughter has muscular dystrophy and although she can transfer she can't walk she has thick purple veins on her stomach and tops of her thighs the ,ones on her legs are starting to scab over and skin is starting to come away which is sore what is this?





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Hi, I'm Lyn. I am 17 years old. I have not ever been pregnant. Although, I have stretch marks directly on my stomach, my sides, my inner thighs, my pubic area, my breast, and on my shoulders. I understand that I have PCOS and that gaining weight is part of it. I do find that I am the only person so far who has developed very dark and long stretch marks on my inner thighs and on my pubic area. Is there any other reason other than from weight gain? It really makes me self conscious;I feel as though I will never be able to wear a bathing suit or even be comfortable with myself naked. Am I the only one who has it bad in the most private area? Is there anything I can do for it?





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Hi Lyn, my name is Claudine and i'm also 17. I have stretch marks on my stomach, side, underarm,legs and pubic area. I know how you feel. It's embarrassing. I cannot look at myself naked and am struggling to think how anyone else would be able to look at me naked. I have used cream after cream and nothing has worked. I have also never been pregnant but have gained a lot of weight over the past 3 years so maybe that is why I have them.

Hi my name is Leyla and I am 33 years old after my pregnancy I have stretch mark on sides of my stomach and I am so sad when I look at them please help me :(((





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I'm 17 and I have really bad strech marks on my belly and on my sides they look really bad and red and I have strech marks on my legs,boobs starting to get them on my arms I've had them from a young age and they are making me feel uncomfent about my body I haven't put any weight I'm size 12 & 38dd can someone please help.





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I'm in exactly the same position as you, I'm sixteen and I began to get stretch marks at about twelve on my legs, bum and hips. I was quite skinny before I hit puberty around the age of twelve / thirteen so obviously gained a lot of weight rapidly. Those on my legs and bum have since become almost invisible. Although within the past two years, I have gotten them on my arms and breasts. Trust me, with time, they become almost invisible.

I'm 18 and have put on weight over the last year, however over the last month or two I have developed huge purple stretch marks that go up my stomach to my belly button and also down onto the top of my pubic area, this is highly embarrassing as I know even with weight loss these marks will remain. I am now very self conscious of my body, wearing bikinis on holiday doesn't even cross my mind and I'm also extremely self aware when getting close to a boy as I know at a certain point I would have to show my body which I hate the idea off. I haven't shown/spoke to any one about my stretch marks (not even my mum) and I'm reluctant to go to the doctors. Just wondering if anyone knows of any remedies for these?! I really am desperate





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I'm 14 and a very muscular build because I'm a competitor gymnast and dancer, but I have stretch marks almost everywhere because of muscle growth, I am quite skinny but my muscles have caused stretch marks on my legs, bum, calves, hips and my arms especially. I cannot wear what is in fashion because everything shows them off and they are quite embarrassing and looking at them makes me extreamley depressed to the point where I have starved and cut myself. But I have recently started to use bio oil as reccomended by my friend and I find that that it has helped them a bit and I reccomend that you use it if you are in the same situation.





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I'm 38 I have a stretch marks since I was 11 years & it become huge & lots all over my body almost every where I hate it & really defective،devastate my life





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I have lines on my belly they are red also quite like something is eating me as if there a little raised I get stretch marks which are always white or silvery having done a little research I find bartonella pictures on the net looking exactly the likes of mine bartonella is not widely recognised which ive reslised through my research on the net im going to the doctors however I am worried about being able to get across my belief an opinion from you would be useful in one way or another either I can judge what to say or il have an opinion I understand id appreciate a response if possible thank you emma 25





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I found this article in The Mail whilst searching for a treatment for my stretch marks, it looks very promising. I'm considering giving it a go. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2720678/The-tattoo-gun-torture-treatment-blasts-away-stretch-marks.html





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I'm 13 and I've got stretch marks on the inside of my large thighs they are massive and are really embarrassing and wobble when i do the slightest thing I always hide them away as they are to large - 59cm HELP ME





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Stretch marks are narrow, streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin. They're also sometimes known as stria or striae. Stretch marks are often red or purple at first, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. Read More »

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